Talk about delicious real estate! The 2013 Gingerbread Stroll at Highland Park Village plans to top years past with eye-popping confections from the regions most acclaimed chefs.

This annual event is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth who wants to support a fantastic cause. From now until Nov. 30, you can tour 13 of the most posh shops and boutiques in the Park Cities and bid on these incredible decorated gingerbread houses.

Founded by Dallas Realtor and all-around charitable virtuoso Christine McKenny, this event is a tasty way to bring together the community while raising funds for local childrens charities. Last year, the stroll raised $8,000 for Community Partners of Dallas, and this year’s beneficiary is Wipe Out Kids Cancer, a non-profit dedicated to eradicating pediatric cancer by funding research.


“The Gingerbread Stroll has become a wonderful tradition during the most wonderful time of the year,” McKenny said. “People of all ages gather with their family and friends to attend, and it’s always fun to see how the chefs express themselves creatively. Everyone loves a gingerbread house!”


Gingerbread Stroll attendees can enter to win prizes such as a holiday carriage ride through the Park Cities, an overnight stay at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek or the Ritz-Carlton. You can buy gingerbread cookies from Celebrity Bakery, too, of which a portion of the proceeds will benefit Community Partners of Dallas.

The talented pastry chefs participating in this year’s stroll include:

• Celebrity Café & Bakery | Decorator Jamie Eckert
• Fine Arts Concepts | Joy Lynn
• Four Seasons Resort and Club, Cafe on the Green | Pastry Chef Randy Gehman & Hayoung Lesser
• Hilton Anatole | Pastry Sous Chef Kristina Kent
• Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion | Pastry Chef Saju Meppidayil & Executive Chef Hermann Hiemeyer
• Omni Dallas Hotel | Pastry Chef Kristina Kent
• Remington College Pastry Arts Program | Chef Jeff Johnston & Students
• Rosewood Crescent Hotel | Pastry Chef Carly Fields
• Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek | Pastry Chef Nicolas Blouin
• Royal Oaks Country Club | Executive Chef Wade Burch CEC
• The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas | Pastry Chef Corey Thomson
• Tom Thumb | Gingerbread House Creator Sherry Barnard

Merchants opening their shops for the stroll include: Beretta Gallery, Carolina Herrera, Celebrity Café & Bakery, Cole Haan, Deno’s of Highland Park, ESCADA, Kiehl’s Since 1851, Lela Rose, Robert Talbott Carmel, SCOOP NYC, Trina Turk, Tom Thumb, Village Barber Shop, Village Kitchen and TOKO V.

Go stroll and bid today!

3820 Shenandoah

I adored Margaret Thatcher, and though I was upset that Meryl Streep snatched the Academy Award for Best Actress from the very deserving Glenn Close for The Secret Life of Albert Nobbs, I have to admit her performance was flawless as The Iron Lady.

Flawless, too is this 1929 Tudor at 3824 Shenandoah newly listed by Christine McKenny remodeled with more than an iron fist, taken down to the studs, and beautifully, tastefully updated. Like, I want it, I want it all! Very British: mahogany doors, solid brass hardware and Broussard light fixtures, all very classic, antique marble surround on the formal living room fireplace, and Morning Glory crown moldings to gaze at over your cup of tea. They kept all original stained glass windows, added an Oxford-influenced courtyard, a study and a gourmet kitchen that is about the only thing un-English about this home — it’s gourmet:  Costa Esmerelda granite not only on the counters but the backsplash, an island bigger than the Isle of Man, 60-inch Wolf gas range and ovens with griddle, Hoshizaki and Kitchen Aid ice makers for gin and tonics, the biggest Sub-Zeros, twin Asko dishwashers, all fixtures by Chapman & Waterworks. The home is conservatively priced at $5,250,000. 3820 Shenandoah LR 3820 Shenandoah DR 3820 Shenandoah kit 3820 Shenandoah keeping

The master bedroom also has custom molding and an exquisite Chapman chandelier. That master bath is straight out of The Savoy with it’s dark woodwork and deep soaking tub AND, of course, a bidet. Honestly, why don’t more million-dollar plus homes have bidets? All windows are new mahogany with low-e insulated glass save for the original stained glass.3824 Shenandoah stairwell 3824 Shenandoah master 3824 Shenandoah master bath 3824 Shenandoah pool 3824 Shenandoah patio

You also will never run out of hot water the way you might in many a London flat with the tankless hot water heater and it comes instantly — oh how Margaret would have loved that! Also, no winter chills: spray foam insulation. I’m told there is  also a generator to keep the lights on during blackouts… this home would have been more than perfect for the former British Prime Minister, may she rest in peace.Margaret Thatcher

I know it looks petite and unassuming from the front, but inside 4423 N. Hall St. is a spacious, elegant home with a huge garage loft, too!

When most people are looking for a home, income property doesn’t often cross into their radar. You’re looking for someplace to live, right? Not someplace for you to live and another spot to rent out to someone. This home, though, in Perry Heights, is the best of both worlds.

With more than 3,000 square feet, this Tudor (That’s right! Another Tudor! TUDOR, TUDOR, TUDOR!) marketed by Christine McKenny of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates has room to spare and doesn’t feel cloistered. The living spaces are gorgeous, too, and really showcase the wonderful details that have been maintained in this 1927 home even though it’s been fully updated.

You get beautiful built-ins and a gorgeous fireplace in the living room, which feels almost like a completely separate part of the house it’s so intimate!

The kitchen and den, that’s the real showstopper in this four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home. Of course, you get stainless and beautiful custom cabinets. It’s the eat-in breakfast bar that sits opposite of the den that makes the whole room feel open and relaxed, like a great place for the family to hang out and cook dinner.

The master bedroom, which is quite sizable, has a very cute bathroom. The double vanity, which is just perfect, sits between the tub and the standing shower, which has a peek-a-boo window where, if you’re taking a shower and your husband is sitting on the pot, you could totally have a conversation! (This has to be a bonus, right?)

The upstairs has even more built-ins on the landing, and three bedrooms, one of which would make a great office for a work-at-home professional.

Now, you’re wondering where the income property is, right? It’s above the garage, remember? It’s a studio-type loft with its own full bath, and it would be great for a UT Southwestern resident or perhaps an SMU graduate student. It’s a great location for a renter, too, with Uptown and Oak Lawn just a few blocks away.

Renting a little apartment like that will definitely help with the $575,000 mortgage, which still seems like a deal to me!

Do you have a listing that has income potential? We want to see it!


Want to get a taste of opulent living? Tour 4835 Lindhurst in Preston Hollow today at 2 p.m.

If you are dying to see what Preston Hollow luxury looks like, today’s your day. Two gorgeous Preston Hollow estates are open for tours today, and they are not to be missed!

The two homes — 4835 Lindhurst and 4346 Park Lane — will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. today thanks to Dave Perry-Miller, Christine McKenny, and Molly Malone.

With four bedrooms and eight magnificent bathrooms, 4835 Lindhurst is top-tier at $5.75 million. However, 4346 Park Lane is nothing to scoff at. Priced at $5 million, this four-bedroom, six-bath mansion has 11,076 square feet full of all the bells and whistles you could want (and a 9-foot television!).

Seriously, folks. Get in your car and head to Preston Hollow as these are two gawk-worthy homes!

Of course, if you’re looking to score scrips, I’m sure they have the medicine cabinets locked down!